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Alva Mooses


Moving Earth/Moviendo Tierra, 2017 | (detail) Rammed soil from the U.S. with Adobe Brick shipped from Saltillo, Mexico installed at Instituto Cervantes in NY.

The weight of my work lies in the seeking and collecting of materials, which becomes a way of intervening in the environments I find myself in. Traces and imprints of specific sites and architectural spaces direct the shapes and colors that appear. Displaced forms that converse with one another in diverse contexts—the walls, windows, and fences that demarcate the public from the private, this side or that of national boundaries—become ephemeral instances to be washed away on the sensory register. When working with the collected materials, I often return to my understanding of printmaking—the translation of information from one surface to another, the transformations that occur through repetition, and the experience of lifting the paper to see what has been impressed upon it through inverted forms.

Alva Mooses received a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited her work at JCAL, the Logan Center for the Arts and the 10th Havana Biennial, among others. She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College, Grafisk Verksted in Stavanger, Norway and the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic. From 2004–09, Alva cofounded community art initiatives and organized collaborations in Latin America. She has taught courses at Cornell University AAP and currently teaches at The Cooper Union School of Art.